4 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Mobile App Developer

By Jyoti Bharwani / 30 May 2019

Are you planning to hire a mobile app developer for your project? If so, don’t make these 4 mistakes. You can find the right app developer who can bring your app idea to life by avoiding these missteps.

You have made the right decision if you have realized the importance of a mobile app and decided to develop one for your business to represent your products or services.

This is the smartphone era, where many people rely on mobile apps for their everyday activities such as booking a taxi, ordering food, and paying bills, so developing an app for your business is a must.

When it comes to developing a mobile app, it is important to hire an experienced and skilled mobile app developer who has expertise in developing apps for enterprises, companies, and startups.

But many businesses and startups make mistakes when hiring a developer for their project and ultimately don’t get the desired application.

Here are 4 common mistakes to avoid when hiring an app developer.

Mistake 1: Not Looking Outside of Your City

The first mistake many businesses and startups make is looking for a mobile app developer only in their vicinity. They prefer to hire an expert app developer from their neighborhood, but it provides very limited options.

For example, let’s say you are based in Oakland, Calif., in Alameda County, and you want to hire developer only from this area. You do not look outside Alameda County to other areas in California that will give a lot of quality options to choose from. You’re missing out on great developers in other areas simply because you are limiting yourself to local developers.

All you want to do is develop a mobile application that meets your business requirements and provides a user-friendly experience to your customers, so look outside of your city, state, and country, and hire the best developer for your business needs. Location doesn’t truly matter for app developers.

In fact, there are many brands such as Apple, Skype, Slack, GitHub, and Alibaba that have used outsourcing services for their product development. Your business can succeed by outsourcing its app development, too.

Mistake 2: Not Asking the Right Questions

Another common mistake that businesses make while hiring a mobile app developer is not asking the right set of questions.

Think about the questions that can help you make the right hiring decision, and make a list, so you can ask the right questions when you are interviewing the developer.

Some examples of relevant questions are:

  • How many years of experience do you have?
  • How many mobile apps have you developed?
  • Can you share a list of apps you have developed?
  • Can you share previous clients’ contact details?
  • Will you provide regular updates or reports on the project status?
  • Do you provide maintenance and support after delivery?

These are some examples of questions you can ask. Apart from these, think about other relevant questions that make it easy for you to choose the right developer.

Mistake 3: Valuing Experience Over Expertise

A third common mistake that businesses and startups make while hiring an app developer is choosing experience over expertise.

It is not mandatory that the mobile app developer has years of experience in the app development industry. If he/she has expertise in developing all types of mobile apps and is capable of developing your mobile app the way you want, years of experience shouldn’t matter.

Upwork profile

Source: Upwork

Having experience in the mobile app development industry doesn’t mean the developer will have the capability to develop your specific mobile app, so always prefer expertise and proficiency over experience.

A developer’s quality of apps developed is much more important than the quantity.

Mistake 4: Hiring an App Developer Based on Price

Many startups and new businesses want to hire a cheap and affordable mobile app developer to develop their first mobile application.

But hiring a low-priced app developer will not ensure the business will get the high-quality app it wants.

Every company must hire the best resource to develop a high-quality application – regardless of price.

App developer price

Source: Upwork

Instead of choosing a low-priced developer for your project, look for developers who have developed quality and successful apps. Check their portfolio, and hire them as soon as possible because such developers are in high demand.

Hire the Right Developer

Whether you are hiring a mobile app developer for the very first time or you have already worked with one, you must avoid these mistakes when you choose a mobile app developer for your app development project.

You can select a developer who has the expertise, experience, and capability to handle your requirements by avoiding these mistakes.

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